And Gordon Gekko told us all in 1987: "Greed is GOOD!" (May as well have been Greed is God. )
Rod Tidwell (1996): "Show me the MONEY!"
People see these movies, forget the moral message and instead parrot the cheap slogans as justification for a society based on what a person does and what they can produce as the sole aspect of their worth as people. More of anything is good, even relationships. Stack friends up like cord wood.
Bullshit. Did you miss the part about how Gordon Gekko's father was pushing around electrical supplies until he dropped dead at 49? Or how Gekko, despite his dashing appearance, came from an absolutely humble background?
As someone that came from nothing, I can definitely want to be like Gekko more than anyone else. The man singlehandedly made himself a success.
And I hate to break it to you people, but Greed IS the soul of capitalism. "I want" is the essence of capitalism, so in order to take advantage of "I want", people will do something that creates wealth, so "they get". Because you want something, whether it's greed for life (you want to live longer), greed for money (you want to be free from financial burdens), greed for love (you want an amazing significant other), or greed for knowledge (you want to be an expert), you will go to the lengths to get that something.
And as for the situation we're in...what about one of Gekko's other quotes:
"Now you either do it right...or you get eliminated."
Wall Street just eliminated those that didn't do it right.
As for Carnegie's book, I use it on interviews. Be genuinely interested about my interviewer. If they came all this way to interview me, then I want them to do the talking. If I can get them to talk about themselves and listen, because everyone's experience is something I can genuinely learn from, they may want to take me along.
Right now, my job is to prove that I am willing to listen and learn. I believe Carnegie's book exemplifies that.
And furthermore, it's nice to have a bunch of people like you so that they can serve your purposes. And if you like them, it becomes a mutual friendship.
I am an ENTJ. I hate political correctness but love smart people ^_^
I think there's a difference between being tactful towards other's feelings and going around smoozing like a used car salesman to manipulate others into liking you.
Glancing through the thread, I see a pattern of external judgers finding value in the book and internal judgers being repulsed by the book.
I never read the book. Is it really about manipulating people?
I thought it would be more about principles of "cooperative behavior."
Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future. Robot Fusion
"As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
"[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
"[P]etabytes of  data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield
Bullshit. Did you miss the part about how Gordon Gekko's father was pushing around electrical supplies until he dropped dead at 49? Or how Gekko, despite his dashing appearance, came from an absolutely humble background? As someone that came from nothing, I can definitely want to be like Gekko more than anyone else. The man singlehandedly made himself a success.
And here I thought it was just fiction!
Now I see it must be as true as any Horatio Alger story!